Yesterday, Chinese tech company Clockwork launched a crowdfunding campaign for their handheld gaming device the GameShell.
According to the manufacturer, the GameShell is a handheld device with a Game Boy-inspired design. However, unlike Nintendo’s original 8-bit handheld, the GameShell offers color display, additional buttons, and a GNU/Linux-based operating system with support for emulators, allowing players to enjoy games from various consoles like the Nintendo Entertainment System. Additionally, each GameShell will include two pre-installed games, Cave Story and the original DOOM.
Clockwork Pi has also confirmed that the product features an Allwinner R16 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor with Mali-400MP2 graphics, 512MB of RAM. On top of that, the device also features a microSD card slot (supporting up to 32GB of additional storage space), a micro USB port, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0, and development pins.
Aside from being a device used to emulate retro video games, the GameShell is very a modifiable hardware platform for programming; this includes customizing it as a wireless speaker, a remote control, or to make smart toys that can operate other devices.
Currently, the product does not have a release date and as of early this morning has successfully reached it’s funding goal. However, you can still back the product on Kickstarter, which offers numerous tiers for those who back the project. Including the “Super Early Bird Special” for $89, which contains one GameShell, a Clockwork Pi t-shirt, a Micro SD Card with OS & games, as well as a logo sticker.
Check out some images of the device down below.